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TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 14:50:33

DH and I are looking to move. We can be very flexible but generally we want:

- 4 double bedrooms
- 3 reception rooms (to use one as a study / potential 5th bedroom)
- 1600/1700 sq feet
- good size garden (50ft square min)
- close to a good primary school
- nice road - quiet, preferably a village location
- within 1 hour door-to-door from a London terminal (eg 20 min walk and 30 min train or 5 min walk and 50 min train)

I haven't found anything perfect yet, I keep finding ones that tick most of the boxes.

So, if this was your list - what would you sacrifice first?

Oodsigma Thu 28-Mar-13 14:55:27

Does everyone need a double bedroom?
Do you prefer large garden or quiet rd? We live on a busy(for our area) road but we got a garden this way.

Happypiglet Thu 28-Mar-13 14:56:32

What do all bedrooms need to be double? We have three doubles and a good size single which does us fine with three kids. Or do you have children sharing. Often four bed houses will have a slightly smaller fourth bedroom.

Also expanding your search about further from London (our commute is about 1hour 15min) will give you more options and reduce prices.

Happypiglet Thu 28-Mar-13 14:56:42

Why... doh

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 15:01:38

In the future we might have 1 or 2 more children (we have 2 already) and so I want enough room for that. We also have family to stay a lot so I would like enough space to sleep guests as well.

Where are you happy? I am not averse to a slightly longer commute

SunsetSongster Thu 28-Mar-13 15:01:56

What's your price range? How about this:


Maybe 2 reception rooms and a kitchen/diner would be easier to find?

Happypiglet Thu 28-Mar-13 15:07:27

Sunset that is a price tag!
I live in a lovely village to the west of Bedford.
Good train links to London St Pancras. But can't really walk to Bedford station but 5 mins in car.
Lots of lovely large plotted sixties housing.
Good schools.
Library, drs, shops, close to Bedford and 25 mins from MK
My four bed house is no where near the price tag of Sunsets house!
I have three kids, they all have their won room, we have pull out underbeds for guests! It works fine for us..

SunsetSongster Thu 28-Mar-13 15:10:00

My suggestion isn't even perfect though as it's not a village location - Cambridge is pretty quiet though...

spotty26 Thu 28-Mar-13 19:00:17

You should buy my house...not a village Furzedown in Tooting! Ticks all boxes and is 1991 sq feet!

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:58:22

Um sunset that is a leetle bit out of our budget. We can spend £500k but I want to max at £480k.

There are lots of houses out there that fit some of the bill but none so far that fits it all.

FishfingersAreOK Thu 28-Mar-13 21:03:45

We sacrifice the quiet road. Though safety wise we are on a service road parallel to a busier one. Fantastic forever house, much better commute for DH and amazing garden.

Having lived in quiet place (village) which needed a drive to the station - although only 5 minutes was a tiny country road which was lethal to walk in the dark (utter PITA) or town with a walk to the station (albeit 15 mins) would do the walk to the station every single time.

If you give us your price range and if you have a north/south/east/west preference you may get some suggestions...

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:24:02

If you show me a house I haven't seen I will be impressed, not done much work recently grin

I am looking at Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Bucks, Oxfordshire. Told you we were flexible!

This is the house we're going to see on Saturday, looks lovely and impressive floor space for Guildford but look at where the A3 is on the map!

FishfingersAreOK Thu 28-Mar-13 21:50:13


poocatcherchampion Thu 28-Mar-13 21:52:04

we chose a town instead of a village. that was our compromise. we met our criteria - same as yours.

(half the price and in the Midlands, so no actual use to you!)

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 21:57:45

Buy my parents house! One of the rooms is techincally a single but you could squeeze a double in. Needs to be redecorated though.

I can link if you like ;)

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 21:59:59


3 fab primaries nearby and 30 mins to London.

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 22:01:08

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 22:02:14

Argh 5 bed semi in sanderstead 499950

Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 22:07:34

That house will be horrendously noisy, used to live in Guildford not that close to the a3 but we could still hear it. I think the road noise would put me off using the garden. Also A3 jams there quite a bit so pollution will be high. From your list I think you need to re-think the village location given the areas you are looking in for that budget. Crazy prices! Also you may have to compromise on 4 double beds. You can probably get something close to the size of house you want in Redhill, it's not my favourite place, but London Bridge/Victoria 35 mins. schools aren't brilliant and it's certainly not a village location.

SquinkieBunnies Thu 28-Mar-13 22:28:56

Is it this one Angry. I like it a lot

Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 22:30:26

This? you can drive to Redhill in 10 mins.

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 22:39:22

Thats the one. Its my childhood home and have been living there for the last 5 years with my own family. We are about to buy our first house and my parents are selling up.

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:08:07

Thanks for the suggestion guys, we are currently living in Epsom. I don't really want to move to Croydon or Redhill, I don't know so much about them but I think I would prefer somewhere a bit quieter.

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:08:41

Although Angry the house does look lovely!

Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 23:14:32

Ok, so is location more of a priority for you over size of the property? Out of the areas that you have listed I only know Surrey and bits of Hampshire and Sussex. To be honest with your budget, I think you will need to look at smaller properties if a quiet location is what you are after.

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